The purpose of the LA River Design Guidebook is to highlight desirable, river-sensitive or “riverly” design characteristics for features that will be built, rehabilitated or redeveloped on private property and in the public realm along and near the LA River. This guidebooks aspires to inform the public at-large of the design opportunities to enhance access, develop diverse recreation opportunities and create a distinct river identity. The LA River Design Guidebook provides 72 design recommendations that help advance Mayor Garcetti’s goals of creating a livable communities and revitalization of the Los Angeles River. The LA River Design Guidebook complements the 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan and builds upon the LA River Improvement Overlay (RIO) District and LA River Design Guidelines associated with the RIO. The LA River Design Guidebook was a yearlong process between the Mayor Garcetti’s LARiverWorks and Bloomberg Associates.
These recommendations were created from the input of residents and stakeholders from Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, Chinatown and Central City North, the City Council representatives (from Districts 1, 13 and 14), the Mayor’s Office, state and federal government agencies, design experts, engineers, and representatives of many non-profit organizations. Design recommendations were gathered through interviews with more than 100 individuals in late 2015 and early 2016. The design recommendations contextualized applicable river plans and other planning efforts to build upon. The recommendations in the LA River Design Guidebook should be considered relevant to other river communities.